The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is coming to a close this weekend. This year's olympics was a weird one, with masked athletes, limited spectators in the stands, and their families left at home — and that was after being delayed for an entire year due to the pandemic.
But here we are, at the end of a pretty exciting summer Olympics despite the challenges. Don't worry, though, more Olympic action isn't far behind — the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics will begin on Aug. 24.
Much like the Opening Ceremony, the closing ceremony will feature a select few of the competing athletes parading around Tokyo's Olympic Stadium as Japan hands over the Olympic flag to Paris for the next Olympic games in 2024.
The Closing Ceremony theme this year is "Worlds We Share," which organizers say reflects the Olympic spirit. "Even if we cannot be together, we can share the same moment, and that is something that we will never forget," a statement reads. "It is this salient message which we believe will create a Closing Ceremony that will open the door to a brighter future. We hope that this ceremony may be a moment for each and every one of us to think about what the future holds."
When will the Closing Ceremony begin?
Tokyo 2020 will come to a close on Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium at 8 p.m. local time in Tokyo (7 a.m. EST in the U.S.).
The ceremony will begin once the last events of the day have finished, which include water polo, volleyball, boxing and the marathon.
Where can you watch the Closing Ceremony?
The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast on NBC at 7:30 a.m. EST and rebroadcast in primetime at 7:30 p.m. EST. (You know, for those who don't want to get up in the wee hours of the morning/middle of the night to watch.)